Thursday, April 11, 2013
Another elite American runner has dropped out of Monday’s 117th running of the Boston Marathon.
Abdihakem Abdirahman of the United States of America competes in the Men’s 10,000m Final on day three of the 11th IAAF World Athletics Championships on August 27, 2007 at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Four-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman has dropped out due to an illness. Abdi, who calls himself “The Black Cactus,” joins a group of elite American runners to drop out, including Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezigh.
Abdirahman won the 2008 10,000m at the US Olympic Trials, and qualified for the 2012 games with a third place finish in the Olympic Marathon Trial in Houston, but withdrew from the Olympic marathon with a knee injury.
Born in Somalia, Abdirahman grew up in Tuscon and attended the University of Arizona, where he was named the Pac 10′s Cross Country Male Athlete of the Year in 1998.
He became a US citizen in 2000.